Monday 3 August 2015

Geographical Indication (GI)

  • Geographical indication (GI) of goods is a sign used for products that originate either from 
    • a particular country or 
    • a specific location in a country . 
  • Typically , these products are manufactured by using traditional knowledge of communities
  • The registration is valid for 10 years, after which it can be renewed.
    • After registration, any producer in the location fulfilling the required conditions can apply to become an authorised user. Any infringement of the GI is punishable

How is a GI different from a trade mark?

  • Trademark - an identification mark for the company manufacturing a particular good, 
    • A trademark can be licenced to any other manufacturer operating anywhere in the world. 
  • GI - identifies the place of a product's origin as the quality of the good is linked to the production location rather than the company .
    • GI goods can be produced by any person or company but have to be manufactured at a particular location with a minimum standard associated with the product.
[Ref: ToI]


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